From the most ancient times, people have gathered in groups and communities to engage in spiritual practices addressing the Source of life, the Ineffable hidden beyond our senses. Monasteries and other spiritual communities bring seekers together to live in a protected and conducive environment. In lay or non-monastic environments, the work of the Tribe, congregation, the sangha, the minyan, and the Kalsa all offer spiritual brotherhood and sisterhood within the context of life in the greater community.
A tribe is viewed, historically or developmentally, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside of, states. Many anthropologists used the term tribal society to refer to societies organized largely on the basis of kinship, especially corporate family groups (see clan and kinship). It is common practice to use alternative terms like ‘ethnic group’ , or nation. The Ajah concept of a tribe is a trend of thought that favors equality among living entities. the unwritten doctrine of egalitarianism, this maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status, while respecting the individual based on moral and spiritual Jnana(knowledge).
The Ajah Tribe is composed of a group of believers who gather together as friends and families for ceremonies of worship such as the Ajah opening rite, or celebrating the Holiday.The number of persons involved may vary. Any group of at least three can be a Tribe. A group of two is usually just called simply a couple. the spiritual Tribe multiplies, empowers, and reinforces the efforts of the individual. Meditation, prayer and other practices, when pursued in a group or community, qualitatively and quantitatively magnify what each person can offer and experience. The coalescence of the group into a shared will and shared consciousness in communal practice creates a greater spiritual whole that enhances individual possibilities. The vehicle of the Tribe carries all its individual participants to far greater spiritual depths than they could typically reach on their own. The group serves as a container for energies and as a reminder of the sacred. Each person in the group or community helps all the others by their very presence and by their orientation toward the Divine, toward love. When a single Tribe has grown large, it may split into “hives”. A new “guru” or “head teacher” should be appointed, or otherwise made the head of the new group.
If you are thinking about creating your own Ajah Tribe you should be fully aware of what you’re getting into, as well as, what you need to know. Do you have the talent and knowledge? Do you have the leadership abilities? Do you have the strength and iron spirit to take the criticism that will certainly come with the position. Are there legal and accounting/financial requirements that you must adhere to in your state or locality? There are many things to think about in starting your own gathering beyond scheduling and setting a calendar. If you haven’t taken the time to really think about these things, or research these answers; then you are not ready to start a Tribe.
Even if you’re just looking to create a Tribe,. There are issues of planning, management and leadership to consider.
A simple group of friends is the easiest type of gathering, but it still requires a leading member to organize schedules, locations and topics. A group for gathering takes on those same requirements, but adds a little more planning for who does what, when and how. Along with financial issues for decorations, food or even just printing scripts for the process of a ritual. An organization of a Clan is much more than the previous. It requires the organizing member or members to be willing to take on roles they may not be ready for, or think they’ll have to do. Such as being a teacher, counselor, and business person dealing with legal and financial issues.
Taking on the role of a Tribe leader especially is a huge responsibility and requires more than just knowing a few basic concepts of Ajah. And on top of the knowledge is the wisdom to know when and how to share it. How to help those who come to you without interference in their path of learning. You can’t learn for others. A teacher doesn’t teach until a student is ready to ask a question, because until then, the student may not be ready to learn. Forcing them down a path they are not ready for is a kin to interference, and could do more harm than good. Even if your intention is to help, ease pain or proper guidance. It’s not your choice and not the wisdom of leadership. Everyone is in the right place, for their current progression to enlightenment. Don’t push people who are not ready to be guided.
As a teacher, do you now how to plan for the students? Do you have the understanding and wisdom to teach the topic you are offering? Have you been a tarot reader for a year and now think you are ready to teach? Each person is different, but a year of study and practice, may not be enough. The same is true for teaching spiritual basics. How can you teach others how to meditate if you have not mastered the ability yourself. How can you guide others to raise their consciousness and walk with their Divine Higher Self, if you don’t do this on a daily basis yourself?
The first Ajah tribe decided to make a rudimentary degree system. This is a flexable system that can be changed as need be. Truelly all Ajah are equel as all are everlasting spirit, but as God plays his divine game of life “Leela”, the show must go on and we must all play our parts, and so as it has always been the student follows the master with adepts in between… and of course uninitiated people filling in as a fourth.
These three teirs of training & realization were made for the benefit of the student and are as such…..
0… the newbie- new to spirituality and the teachings and ways of Ajah, they are good company and are to be respected as life in infancy.
3… the Learner- an Ajah learner, they are taught the outer trappings of Ajah; takes the Ajah oath, is taught to meditate, recieves beads & mantra, and starts to grow out his or her hair.
2… The Warrior- the Adept in Ajah is called an Ajah Warrior, as he or she is respected as a spiritual warrior. With training complete, the Ajah warrior is on his own to meditate, do spiritual practice, and purge ones self of negative Ego…
1… The Elder- the teachers & leaders of Ajah. they are at this point spiritually intuned beings free from the illusion of seperateness, they stand as the Gurus of Ajah. they teach people spirituality, do satsang, and spend alot of time absorbed in Krishna-consciousness.existing in the eternal state of the Great Spirit.
This system is helpful when starting a tribe.
If you are a lone Ajah then you automatically fall under Ajah warrior.